What not drinking water does to your body?

by Sameena

We often talk about the importance of eating healthy and different kinds of healthy foods. we can eat to keep ourselves fit and functioning. But we may forget the importance of water in our daily diets and routines.

Water can be highly underrated, but not having enough water can lead to many problems that we should not ignore. If your body isn't hydrated enough, it faces threats from various kinds of diseases and other complications.

Here's what happens to your body when do not drink enough water:

• Without enough water in your system, you face the risk of being poisoned by your own toxic waste. Water helps to flush out the harmful toxins from the body, and if you don't have enough there's a chance your body is piling up the toxins. This could be fatal.

• Water helps keep the body at the right temperature. Perspiration produced by sweat glands keeps your body from heating up and maintains your body temperature at about 98 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celcius.)

• The oxygenation process in our bodies relies on our water intake. Without sufficient water in the body, the required amount of oxygen will not reach other cells and organs for breakdown of foods. If the foods in your body aren't broken down, no energy is produced. They are also just piling up in your body causing you to look fat and tired.

• If we don't drink enough water, we might even have problems breathing. Our lungs need to be moist in order to take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

• Dehydration is no joke. Dry mouth, sunken eyes, fatigue and no urine output are all signs of dehydration. No urine output means you aren't excreting the toxins from your body. Dehydration could also cause your blood pressure to drop, making you faint or worse.

• Water prevents your body from becoming stiff. It keeps your muscles and joints lubricated and assists in free movement of all body parts.

• The reason our mouths and eyes are always moist, is to prevent the formation of bacteria. Lack of water in the body can cause dryness in the mouth and eyes giving way to bacteria formation and infection from other foreign elements.

• The acids produced by our stomachs to digest foods are very strong. The stomach has a lining of mucus that prevents this acid from damaging the other parts of the body. The mucus lining present in the stomach is made 98% of water. If you have an acidity problem or suffer from heart burn, one of the major causes could be lack of water in your system.

• Lack of water in the body may also cause weight gain. When the body is low on water, we may feel like we are hungry but in reality, our body is just low on water. We eat food to satiate our hunger not realizing that we are eating unnecessarily. Having lots of water also helps prevent unhealthy snacking and keeps the stomach full.

These are the possible adverse effects of not having enough water. It is advisable to have at least 8 glasses of water everyday, no matter what the season.

Also remember not to overdo it. Too much water in the body also causes problems. Drink just enough to keep your body hydrated and fresh.

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